'The Natural' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   0 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   36 reviews
  • Vincent Canby New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Though entertaining in short stretches, The Natural has no recognizable character of its own.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    50
    The message is: Baseball is purely and simply a matter of divine intervention. At about the 130-minute mark, I got the idea that God's only begotten son was playing right field for the New York team.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    100
    Being a baseball fan involves repeatedly experiencing exquisite pain and exquisite joy. Well, there's a lot of both in The Natural.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Dave Kehr Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    I've just about had it with directors who use the mythic mode as an alibi for unshaded characterizations, simpleminded plotting, and swells of artificial emotionality.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Variety (Top Critic)
    The Natural is an impeccably made, but quite strange, fable about success and failure in America.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Variety Staff Variety (Top Critic)
    The Natural is an impeccably made, but quite strange, fable about success and failure in America.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    88
    Arguably the best baseball movie ever made.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Richard Schickel TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    Levinson must have felt he had to swing for the fences. He can be forgiven for choking up with all The Natural's fans looking on dubiously. In fairness, the official scorer must credit him with a single. And Redford with an RBI.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    59
    Barry Levinson deviates considerably from the wry, ironic tone of Malamud's novel, and if the film is mildly enjoyable it's due to the acting of the supporting cast and polished production values.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Empire Magazine
    An otherwise fine sports fantasy is dragged down by an overindulgence in sentimentality.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Bill Chambers Film Freak Central
    38
    ...silly, repetitive, episodic, mannered...
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • James Kendrick Q Network Film Desk
    100
    unabashedly sentimental and grand in its themes of goodness, honor, tenacity, and forgiveness
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Film4
    No popped-up fly doubles. Just wham, bam, home run. Get the picture?
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Josh Larsen LarsenOnFilm
    50
    Robert Redford isn't playing a 1930s baseball hero ... he's playing an instrument of God.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    80
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • TV Guide's Movie Guide
    75
    Somewhat overly sentimental, lacking the novel's subtlety, and less interesting when the action leaves the ball park, Barry Levinson's beautifully shot film is nonetheless a charming fairy tale.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Christopher Null Filmcritic.com
    60
    Jammed full with cliches, The Natural never misses a chance to manipulate the audience
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Time Out
    Let yourself go and be rewarded by the sight of a hero running home to victory through clouds of fire.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Chuck O'Leary FulvueDrive-in.com
    84
    A mature and elegiac fantasy done with feeling and sincerity that really captures the mystique of old-time baseball.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Martin Scribbs Low IQ Canadian
    100
    The most sentimental movie you needn't be ashamed to love.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Spence D. IGN Movies
    80
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Ryan Cracknell Movie Views
    60
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Carol Cling Las Vegas Review-Journal
    60
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Rebecca Murray About.com
    100
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Brian J. Arthurs Beach Reporter (Southern California)
    80
    Sappy fun
    Full Review » 12 years ago